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Shelby D. Goodman collection

Identifier: MS 0820
Finding aid note: Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center in small manuscripts.

Scope and Contents

The Shelby D. Goodman collection is made up of music recordings (one sung by the Beth Job choir, the others belonging to the Israel Music Series sung by George Wagner and accompanied by Mildred Kovach), religious photographs such as a Confirmation group photonegative and a Kallah group photo, architectural materials including two concept sketches with accompanying photographs of two buildings Goodman designed in his lifetime, and a copy of At Home with INYAN. Aside from one badly damaged photograph, the materials are in good condition and are dated from 1949 to 2015. Researchers interested in Jewish Music, Jewish community spaces, and architecture would find this collection insightful.


  • Creation: 1949 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Shelby D. Goodman collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Biographical / Historical

Shelby David Goodman is a Jewish architect who designed the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Building and the Kaplan Museum of Judaica. In addition, he served on the 2008 Houston Jewish Film Festival Committee, regularly attended services at the Seven Acres religious committee, and was an attendee of Kallah—a teachers' convention held twice a year in Babylonian Academies, often addressing issues like marriage, chastity, and moral purity from the perspective of the Babylonian Talmud.

Jewish religious music has a long history, reaching back to the earliest temple music to today’s contemporary take. The music featured in the Shelby Goodman collection is synagogal, including “nigumim”--generally wordless religious songs and tunes that are sung either by individuals or groups and associated with the Hassidic movement, and a version of “Hatikvah,” a 19th century Jewish poem and the national anthem of Israel.


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The Shelby D. Goodman collection contains concept sketches and photographs of two of Goodman’s most influential buildings--the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Building and the Kaplan Museum of Judaica. In addition, the collection has several religious group photographs, and six sound recordings of Jewish religious music, offering a rich insight into Jewish spaces and traditions in the community.


The materials are arranged by date in three series, as follows:

Series I: Music Recordings; Series II: Religious Photographs; Series III: Architectural Materials; Series IV: Addenda

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Shelby D. Goodman donated the records in July of 2018.

Guide to the Shelby D. Goodman Collection, 1949-1962
Gabby Parker
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA